LAFD Engine 68 at a palm tree fire at Mansfield Avenue & Venice Boulevard.
Los Fire Department responded to report of a palm tree on fire at Mansfield Avenue & Venice Boulevard in Mid-City. Upon arrival LAFD Engine 68 on scene reported a palm tree on fire up against high-tension power lines. Unable to put water directly on the fire due to the high voltage, fire command requested the Department of Water and Power to shut off power.
Winds were reported to be gusting up to 45 miles per hour fanning the flames (wunderground.com 32 MPH), with embers flying across Venice Boulevard. The embers threatened vehicles, businesses and other palm trees down the block.
An additional Task Force responded to handle the flying brand problem that started to collect and pool around the edges of buildings and roof-tops. Firefighters knocked down the burning embers with hand-lines. Eventually with the electric power shut off, Engine 68’s crew set up a stream from the deck gun (known as “wagon battery” at LAFD) and extinguished the palm tree fire.
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